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Florida Lawmakers Want to Reinvent License Suspensions

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According to a Tampa Bay Times article, over a million people in Florida have had their license suspended due to fines associated with things like being unable to pay for court fees. With areas such as South Florida practically demanding the use of a vehicle to get around within a reasonable time, it can make it harder for people that are looking to rebuild their lives after they’ve been released from prison, for example.

A pair of Florida lawmakers are now looking to cease the trend of suspending licenses for drivers unable to pay by spearheading HB 903. Should the bill pass, Florida would join a few other states like Kentucky that have done away with driver licenses suspension penalties. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean drivers are off the hook. Drivers would be able to set up a payment plan that would vary based on the driver’s income each month or a monthly $10.

To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/01/21/driving-while-poor-no-more-florida-lawmakers-consider-overhaul-of-license-suspensions/.

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Are There Exceptions to the Texting While Driving Law?

textDrive3Florida’s texting while driving law has been in full effect for over thirteen days now, allowing law enforcement officers to give drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are a couple of what-if scenarios that may occur, which you should be aware of if you’re concerned about running afoul of the law.

Let’s take an amber alert or calling the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to report activity that may be suspicious. Both of these require the use of a phone and can be mistaken as texting while driving. Thankfully, one of the Florida statutes has information addressing these concerns, ensuring that reporting emergencies or suspicious activity are not prohibited. The statute also extends to safety-related messages such as emergencies, traffic, or weather. If you do intend to call FHP, however, it may be best to err on the side of caution and pull over to make the call, once it’s safe to do so.

There are additional exceptions such as using your wireless communication device to navigate somewhere or radio broadcast messages.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

New Year’s Parking in Miami Beach

oceanDr (3)With the New Year’s Eve festivities happening soon, many people may be heading to Miami Beach to welcome the arrival of 2020. However, parking is notoriously difficult in the barrier island. A bit of parking advice may make the process easier to manage without getting too stressed.

When parking in one of the South Beach garages, you should know that all of them allow the option of using one the parking apps to pay, in this case ParkMobile. For those preferring cash, none of them accept bills over $20. They each have a minimum daily rate of $2 and a daily maximum rate of $20. However, the garage on 42nd Street is slightly different in that its maximum daily rate is $8.

If you happen to own an electric vehicle, there are a few charging stations at five public garages in Miami Beach, four of which are in the South Beach area.

In finding a parking spot, you may wish to use the power of an app like Google Maps to help you so that you’re not stressing out and driving around aimlessly trying to hunt for open parking. Google Maps can show you lots that are near attractions.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

 

Is It Safe to Stream While on the Road?

distractedDrivingWith smartphones becoming a road distraction and some drivers potentially going as far as to watch movies or television shows while stopped, new drivers may be wondering about the legalities of doing such a thing. Is it legal to stream video while you’re behind the wheel?

Florida Statute 316.303 directly focuses on a television in the view of a driver along with any law exceptions. A driver is not allowed to have a TV screen or anything that displays some type of streaming entertainment in front of them at any time. Whether it’s a streaming account or a website, during driving, a driver shouldn’t have these videos in their direct view when operating a vehicle. Doing so may result in receiving a hefty ticket or worse, it could lead to a serious crash.

With passengers, however, it’s a different story.

Indeed, passengers cant enjoy their Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ without a problem. As for drivers, the one screen they are allowed to have in their view is that of a GPS helping them reach their destination.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

 

Is It Okay for Drivers to Use out of State Disabled Placards?

disabledWith Thanksgiving happening this week, countless families will be reuniting to celebrate. In many cases, families will be driving in from out of town to spend the holiday in Florida with their friends and loved ones. If some of these families from another state happen to be disabled, will an issue arise if they are using an out of state disabled parking placard?

Those concerned about their loved ones running into trouble can rest assured that parents with a disability can use their legally issued disabled placard with little issue in Florida, regardless of what part of the country they may be from.

The only thing that needs to be taken care of is making sure that the placard is being used correctly. In Florida, this means hanging the placard from the rearview mirror when parking in a disabled spot. However, if the placard is one from out of state and it cannot be hanged for whatever reason, it simply needs to be easily visible when the vehicle is parked.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

The Return of Red Light Cameras

redLightRed-light cameras have largely been on their way out, but a pair of cities in South Florida are looking to do the opposite. Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines are aiming to switch their red-light cameras on again, joining other cities like Sunrise and Davie in Broward County and several others in Miami-Dade that still use the cameras. Drivers that are caught running a red light may face a fine of about $158. However, if the fine goes unpaid within sixty days, it will become a traffic ticket, carrying larger fines of $250.

Among the reasoning these cities often use to justify the existence of red light cameras is the concern for public safety. However, a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2016 report revealed that red light intersection accidents increased by 10% compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, pedestrian-involved injuries dropped by nearly 20 percent.

Interestingly, in 2018, Boynton Beach decided to turn off their red-light cameras. With the decision to turn the cameras back on, it will be the only municipality in all of Palm Beach County to have a red light camera program up and running.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Driving with Medical Marijuana

marijuana-1Do you have a medical marijuana card? Even if you purchase the marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary, you should carry it with you at all times as it may be necessary if you are pulled over by police.

The legalization of hemp in Florida back in July introduced a law enforcement challenge to find out when to apprehend a driver or seize a drug, because hemp smells and appears similar to cannabis, and is smokeable. Officers make use of a field test that can distinguish between marijuana and hemp, but not Palm Beach or Miami-Dade where the substance is confiscated and checked in a licensed laboratory.

Patients with medical marijuana must be able to produce a valid medical marijuana card if they are stopped with a cannabis product in their vehicle. Choosing not to show the card to an officer is a violation of the law— a misdemeanor of the second degree.

For drivers charged with a violation, you should know that if you are able to produce a Florida medical marijuana registry card that was valid when the charge occurred, either before or at the time of court appearance, you can’t be convicted.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Avoiding a DUI

dui2You may be among the many people who appreciate an alcoholic beverage now and then. Maybe you like to head to the bar after a tough day at work or you like to come home and enjoy a glass of wine to ease the stresses of the day.

Because alcohol can be enjoyed nearly everywhere, it’s imperative to remember that a drink can be relaxing, even a single may land you in trouble. In Florida and throughout the United States, you may be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) even if your blood-alcohol level (BAL) is below the .08% legal limit. If alcohol is affecting your ability to operate a vehicle safely, you may face DUI charges. Hence, if you only have a glass or two or you wait it out so that the body has time to “sober up” before it’s time to hit the road, it may be wise to avoid taking the risk and avoid driving entirely if possible.

If you have a friend or family member that’s avoided drinking, use them as your designated driver. If that person is unreliable, a wiser option is to leave the vehicle keys at home and use a cab or ridesharing services like Uber. These options may require money but they’re much, much cheaper than the costs of a DUI or worse, a major injury or death.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Dealing with Your Teen’s First Traffic Ticket

teenDriver-2If you’re the parent of a teenager, there may come a moment when your adolescent gets a traffic ticket. This means facing the possibility of having your insurance rates increased as well as having to pay for the traffic ticket fines. What options are available if your teen gets a ticket? Let’s take a look.

The most obvious and perhaps the option you may wish to consider last is simply paying a violation, especially if it’s a moving violation. This will likely lead to receiving points on the license and the odds are strong that the insurance premium will increase for the next several years. For a non-moving violation, it may make more sense to pay the ticket as the price tags are typically minor and they don’t come with points attached.

Another option to consider is paying the ticket and having the teen attend traffic school, which avoids having points added to the driving record. While this may serve as a way to teach the teenager a lesson in safe driving, traffic school does require several hours of time and it comes with a fee.

A potentially effective option to consider? Fight your teen’s traffic ticket. This option may result in the ticket being dismissed, which means there is no risk of it appears on the teen’s driving record.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Driving During a Heavy Storm

hazardsMother Nature was in a particularly angry mood this past weekend, unleashing lots of thunder, lightning, and some heavy downpours which resulted in traffic lights not working. As is often the case with thunderstorms, South Florida drivers sometimes forget what they should and not do when lights go out or when it’s raining heavily.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, do not use your hazard lights during heavy rain. It only serves to confuse other drivers and perhaps most importantly, it is illegal. Hazard lights should be used if a vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadside or if it is part of a funeral procession. Drivers may wish to turn on their low beams during heavy rain instead.

When traffic lights are out and you approach a four-way intersection, they are to be treated as a four-way stop. If you are the first to arrive, you are the first to proceed. However, if you arrive at the light at the same as another vehicle, the driver of the vehicle on the left is expected to yield the right of way to a vehicle on the right.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.